The Prester John of the Indies / A True Relation of the Lands of the Prester John / being the narrative of the Portuguese Embassy to Ethiopia in 1520 / written by Father Francisco Alvares

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Author: Beckingham,Charles Fraser (1914-1998) and George Wynn Brereton Huntingford (editors)

Year: 1959-61

Publisher: Hakluyt Society

Place: London


2 volumes: xvi+321 pages with 8 maps (one folding), frontispiece and 40 other illustrations; vi+[323]-617 pages with 2 maps, frontispiece and 7 illustrations, and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial representation of the ship Victoria embossed on front cover with blind-stamped rule edges to cover. The translation of Lord Stanley of Alderley (1881). Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, second series, volumes 114 and 115. First edition.

The first 88 chapters, representing the mission of Dom Rodrigo de Lima, from his landing at Massawa on the west coast of the Red Sea in April 1520 to his re-embarking there six years later, the first European embassy known to have reached the Ethiopian court and returned in safety. Continued in the following volume, with which the main pagination is continuous. Chapters 89-142 of Alvares, with the narrative of the return to Portugal, a translation of a seventeenth-century Ethiopian description of Aksum, and accounts of the rock-cut churches at Lalibala and certain other matters.


Page ends foxed, unread with pages uncut. Jacket heavily foxed, spine sunned. Very good copies in good to very good jackets.

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